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Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent, well managed program

    • Culture & Values
    Former Contractor - EDF Climate Corps Fellowship in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - EDF Climate Corps Fellowship in New York, NY

    I worked at Environmental Defense as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Targeted training, clear mission, supportive management, carefully selected host organizations

    Cons

    A bit short in duration. Fellowship lasts only 10-12 weeks because it typically targets current students who participate during the summer months.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Outstanding internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense

    Pros

    Corporate culture with mission-driven work, multidisciplinary teamwork.

    Cons

    Recent transition and reorganization, not sure what things are like now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great organization with great people working for a great cause

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent in communications and advocacy. A great place for professional development

    Cons

    Lack of diversity both in thought and background

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very strong people, mission, network, and commitment to results

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Bright people, reasonable work-life balance, exciting projects, competitive compensation, entrepreneurial, taking cutting edges to solve the most difficult problems, has a diverse and helpful network that is used for fundraising but also advancing program goals, good focus on getting tangible, measurable environmental results, unusual discipline for a non-profit organization

    Cons

    Difficult to move up, some lack of transparency into management decisions, need to improve cross-programmatic work in some areas, tough to get a job, as it is a very competitive landscape with lots of applicants for almost every position that opens up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Defense

    Pros

    Wonderful culture and passionate people

    Cons

    Somewhat elitist, can be hard to move up

  7.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Environmental Defense as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Really nice, passionate people. Everyone is willing to give a helping hand. I enjoyed working with numerous projects during my time there. It was great.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't great, but what can you expect when you work at a nonprofit. Regardless, I would recommend a job at the EDF to anyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning internship!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Economic Policy Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Economic Policy Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Work with really smart people
    -Given intellectually challenging work
    -Interesting weekly lunches with lectures from senior management and outside speakers

    Cons

    -Unpaid internship
    -Sometimes given work without quite enough guidance
    -Not an easy internship, but overall a very good experience and one that will prepare you for a lot of different types of work down the road

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from paper mail fundraising. It might work for now, but it comes across as hypocritical and it's more outdated than the fundraising staff thinks.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Wonderful experience, learned a lot.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Supportive, engaged group of passionate people.

    Cons

    More emphasis on team culture would be appreciative.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Climate Corps Fellow
    Former Intern - Climate Corps Fellow

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Collaboration with other fellows was the best part. While each fellow may have only experienced a few challenges and only had limited resources to tackle those challenges, there was a Google discussion group in which fellows could ask others for info and help, and learn more about challenges affecting other fellows to broaden our knowledge.

    The EDF staff was also readily available to help us work out issues and solve barriers our host organizations were facing.

    For the first few weeks there were expert phone calls every day to gain more technical knowledge.

    Cons

    Candidates with MBA's were matched with the best fellowships, despite not necessarily having the qualifications to perform those fellowships as well as other candidates may have.

    The fellowships were also so short that, while fellows could propose projects, they left the organizations just in time for the project implementation phase. To ensure the projects are actually implemented and to provide that learning opportunity to fellows, it would be interesting to offer yearlong or part-time semester-long fellowships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider candidates with other degrees, offer yearlong fellowships to get more work done and be more involved in project implementation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work environment with a powerful mission

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees passionate about mission, supportive of work/life balance

    Cons

    Disorganized management, sometimes offices outside NY/DC feel "less than"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improving the voice of people in the organization beyond management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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